Regional Rail Whistle Stop Tour: Providence - 16 April 2019

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TransitMatters, in partnership with Grow Smart RI, will be taking our show on the rails to discuss our Regional Rail initiative - a plan to transform the current MBTA Commuter Rail system into a modern, more reliable intercity rail service with more frequent all-day service.

The Regional Rail Whistle Stop Tour will feature representatives from TransitMatters and a special guest representing the ridership of the Providence Line. After brief presentations about TransitMatters’ Regional Rail proposal, the floor will be opened up for questions, comments and dialogue.

Admission is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 to Grow Smart RI. Light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.


What is Regional Rail?

Regional Rail is a transformational new business model for Commuter Rail that would bring rapid transitlike service to the entire Metro Boston region, including the Providence Line. Changes include frequent all-day service, systemwide electrification and free transfers between regional trains, subways, and buses. More information can be found here.

Who will be in attendance?

In addition to TransitMatters’ event partners, we expect our guests to come from all walks of life: officials, business leaders, activists, and most importantly, everyday riders of the MBTA Commuter Rail.

About TransitMatters

TransitMatters is a transit policy advocacy group based in Boston, MA. Incorporated as a non-profit in 2015, they advocate for fast, frequent, reliable, and equitable MBTA services in Metro Boston. Through discourse, they offer new perspectives, unite transit advocates, and inform the public on transit issues. They utilize a high level of critical analysis to advocate for plans and policies that promote convenient, effective, and equitable transportation for everyone.

About Grow Smart 

Since 1998 Grow Smart has provided statewide leadership for diverse public and private interests seeking sustainable and equitable economic growth. We promote such growth by advocating for compact development in revitalized urban, town and village centers balanced with responsible stewardship of our region’s natural assets – farmland, forests, the coastline, and the Bay. We inform leaders, decision makers and concerned citizens about the many benefits of compact development and asset stewardship and provide research and training on proven smart growth strategies. We convene broad coalitions that advocate policy reforms and specific projects designed to build communities where all people and businesses can thrive.